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Business owners: Village error caused water damage to buildings

Oregon business owners said an error made six years ago during a village construction project caused water damage to two Main Street buildings. 

According to an Oregon Observer report, the village of Oregon offered to pay Jerry and Bonnie Thiel about $3,000, which is about half the bill to waterproof the buildings and sidewalk at 113 and 119 S. Main St... Read More

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Village board adopts 2015 budget

The Village Board unanimously adopted the village’s 2015 budget and tax levy Monday.

Despite a mill rate decrease, the owner of an average home in the village will pay $17.39 more in the village’s portion of property taxes – from $1,189 to $1,206. Property values increased 1.46 percent in the past year, and the average home value grew from $211,000 to $220,000... Read More

Budget hearing set for Nov. 25

Town of Oregon residents will have a chance to weigh in on the town’s proposed budget next week. 

The town will hold its public budget hearing Nov. 25 on the proposed 2015 budget, which would be just under a 1 percent increase from the 2014 budget... Read More

Body of former Oregon resident, Eagle Scout recovered at Colorado peak

Searchers have recovered the body of a former Oregon, Wisconsin, resident who was reported missing after he told friends he planned to climb the highest peak in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Park officials say 25-year-old Peter Jeffris' body was spotted by a helicopter search crew Thursday about 200 feet below a popular route up Longs Peak.

Jeffris was a 2007 graduate of Edgewood High School, an Eagle Scout and was honored by the United Way of Dane County as the 2007 Community Youth Service Award winner. He left his mark on his hometown of Oregon by spending more than a hundred hours building a duplex in 2006 for Habitat for Humanity.

"He was enthusiastic and focused and did anything they wanted him to do," said Oregon Habitat volunteer Bernie Treichel.� "He often would be the first one on the site and be the last one to leave."

Jeffris was living in Colorado and still has family in Oregon.

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Village: Crew working to restore water to south part of Oregon

A portion of the village was having water issues Tuesday, according to a post from the village on its website.

The south end of Oregon is having issues with water pressure or lack of water, according to the alert dated Tuesday at 3 p.m.

The village said the water department was aware of the issue and were on site "working on a solution to restore service."

The village did not post an estimated time that water service would be restored but said the crew was working to fix it as soon as possible.

4 arrested in monthslong investigation following heroin death

Two men are charged with reckless homicide and two others were arrested following a monthslong drug investigation after the overdose death of a town of Dunkirk man, officials said.

Dane County sheriff's spokeswoman Elise Schaffer said Tuesday afternoon that detectives began an investigation on July 4 when 25-year-old Dylan Nelson died of a heroin overdose at his home.

The investigation led detectives to 26-year-old Robbert Knipfer, of Stoughton, who reportedly sold Nelson heroin the day he died. The sheriff's department said 25-year-old Cody Merkes, of Oregon, also allegedly sold Nelson heroin in the past.

The sheriff's department said 22-year-old Devin L. Eisner was arrested during a domestic-related call to a home on the 2000 block of Door Creek Road in Stoughton on July 5. According to the report, officials searched the home and found large sums of cash, heroin and prescription drugs, which Eisner told detectives he bought from Merkes to reportedly re-sell.

Youth center gains independence, nonprofit status

Time was not on its side, but the Oregon Youth Center is now an independent, tax-exempt, nonprofit corporation with a new Board of Directors.

And most importantly, for the dozens of kids who visit it daily, nothing has changed.

That was far from a certainty back in July, when the YMCA of Dane County announced it would cease operating and end its association with the center at the start of the school year. The Y later pushed back its date to sever ties to early November.

That extra time gave manager Diane Newlin and the center’s Advisory Board a few months to transition to independence. In the end, said Newlin and others who participated, it was “a seamless transition.” But it required the help of volunteers from the within village and beyond... Read More